For the fourth time in six games, the Union fans selected Andre Blake as man of the match. Despite being caught off guard on Seattle's impressive second goal, Blake notched seven saves and his wizardry kept the Union in the game. Vincent Nogueira also deserved praise for a performance that led an impressive possession oriented attack on the road. Nogueira led the team in passes and completed 84.9% of them - including a crazy eleven of twelve on passes of more than 25 yards. Nogueira finished second in the fan voting. Philly Soccer Page gave Nogueira and Le Toux the nod for co-MVPs. Here are the various rankings from around the web including a new one compiled on the Union subreddit.
CJ Sapong was again awarded by fans and other sites for his work all over the field, finishing third in the composite ranking. In general the Union defense was panned by the ratings and with good reason. Once you consider they allowed fourteen shots in the box it's no wonder that two of those found the back of the net. It's just too many shots allowed, given that the Union held 52% of possession throughout the match.
The goat of the match of course goes to Roland Alberg for the silly red card that may have cost the Union points. It is worth noting that before his exit Alberg had completed 96.7% of his 30 passes. That an impressive number for a 10, even if he does play deeper than most attackers.
Josh Yaro's Union debut did not particularly overwhelm anyone, even though he was mostly faultless. His average rank was next to last ahead of Alberg,
Computers may be beating humans at Go but they will never win a soccer match
The Union MVP this week according to the algorithm at Whoscored was Warren Creavalle. Solely looking at stats it's hard to blame the computer. Creavalle made an eye-popping seven tackles and five interceptions and completed 88.7% of his passes. Creavalle certainly did enough to consider him for a full time starting role until Maurice Edu is healthy.
While the computer rightfully dinged Alberg for his game changing red, it picked Nogueira as the second worst player which is just well, asinine. I wish someone at Whoscored would read this and "fix the glitch."
The Union will be home for the next three and a half weeks with three consecutive home games on the docket. It's a perfect opportunity to get points and maintain their hold on a playoff spot in the East.